What is FGM?
Female genital mutilation or FGM (sometimes inaccurately called 'female circumcision') refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
FGM is internationally recognised as a human rights violation and is illegal in the UK.
FGM is usually carried out on girls aged between infancy and 15 years old and causes a range of long-term physical and psychological health problems. FGM has no health benefits.
It's estimated that over 20,000 girls under 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK each year, and 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. But the true extent of FGM is unknown, due to the largely 'hidden' nature of the crime.
You can find more information about FGM, including downloadable resources, at the NHS Choices website. You can also find more information about FGM and support available at the Forward UK and Daughters of Eve websites.